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post #1 of 16 Old 10-03-2011, 06:23 PM Thread Starter
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Hello, I'm the newby to this forum. Just purchased my 2011 KTR 650 last week. Really excited about this bike. First thing I want to do is get rid of these cheesy foot pegs and get thicker hand grips. Also would like to get an extended gear shift. This one is way to close to the foot peg. Anyways, glad to be part of the forum. I look forward to learning from those who have been riding the KTR for a while. Anyone out near Fort Sill, Oklahoma?
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post #2 of 16 Old 10-03-2011, 06:45 PM
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Hi all ! Let me introduce my self, Jeffx live in a suburb of Mpls., Mn. This is my 8th bike 3rd on-off bike road been riding since I was 12. I have a Harley ya could say that I built in my basement, took me three years ta build. So it's a one of a kind ya could say. When I say Harley it's the heartbeat of that bike, wanted a S&S engine but settled for the Harley in the box. Looking forward ta breaking in my first Kawasaki, not much riding time left here, but with this bike maybe a little snow won't stop me ! Great forum here, looking forward ta keeping in touch with you guys !

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post #3 of 16 Old 10-03-2011, 07:17 PM
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Welcome to the forum OKride! I'm certain you'll enjoy your new KLR as well as the hours of sitting in front of your computer learning about it on this forum. You're right, get rid of the slippery rubber foot pegs and hang something on there with teeth. You must be excited about the bike, even another newbie caught the "KTR" slip. Is this your first bike? Tell us about any others.

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post #4 of 16 Old 10-03-2011, 07:49 PM
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Welcome! You're gonna love that bike. Lots of great information and people here are always glad to help.


2009 KLR650, black (the fastest color), Moose luggage racks - Happy Trail skid plate, crash bars, engine guard, highway pegs, and fork brace - IMS Pro footpegs - Dynojet stage 2 jet kit - Airbox mod - WOW led tail light - Top Gun 7.4Kg rear spring - Top Gun Progressive front springs - ThermoBob - Temp overlay
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post #5 of 16 Old 10-03-2011, 08:10 PM
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Serrated pegs make a big difference. I have the $20 ebay ones. And I have the 1" extended shift lever. Also makes a huge difference. And grip puppies for the grips are cheap and awesome.


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post #6 of 16 Old 10-03-2011, 08:26 PM
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Just like Lockjaw says, "Grip Puppies" worked great for me on getting thicker hand grips (they give some extra padding also).

Under $10 with free shipping at:

Get the size "small" for the correct diameter. You'll have to trim them a little shorter.

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post #7 of 16 Old 10-03-2011, 09:40 PM
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Originally Posted by jeffx View Post
You must mean KLR ?
WHAT…..? A NewB can not poke fun at a second NewB!!!!! That’s like a triple stamping a double stamp…

Welcome to the both of you… Please come with new joke’s and new story’s…..
O and feel free to ask all the dumb questions about the bike you can come up with….(There the only ones I can answer)
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post #8 of 16 Old 10-04-2011, 07:04 AM
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I'm a big fan of the extended shift lever and would recommend one. Welcome to the forum!

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post #9 of 16 Old 10-04-2011, 08:02 AM
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Welcome! Ask anything-folks on this forum are friendly,funny, and a few(not me) are able to help with any mechanical question you will ever have! Wear ear plugs and all the other protective gear!Most of all enjoy your bike!

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post #10 of 16 Old 10-04-2011, 07:39 PM
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I am the newbie. I just bought a 2010 KLR 650 with 1 mile on it. Now I've been reading all these post's and I see I have a few MODS.,to fix like the Thermo Bob, the Doohicky and get'in rid of the factory oil and changing it like a few times while breaking it in. Anything else anybody would like ta recomend, let the newbie know. Thanks !
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